Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Beara

Today I felt the need to attempt a new landscape painting and chose watercolor pencils and a picture of mine which shows the Beara peninsula I shot a while ago while traveling along the Irish coast. Those black faced sheep are especially suitable for watercolor paintings, maybe because of the contrast.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dunguaire Castle

This afternoon I share my new watercolor pencils painting showing a castle I saw a while ago while traveling in Ireland.

Mr. Leonard

Yesterday died Mr. Leonard Nimoy so I took my moleskine and drew a portrait of him.
Have a good trip Mr. Leonard.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Old Friends 2

Few days ago I was searching for a picture of mine to paint and happened to find the photograph of an old man and his dog I shot a while ago in Urbino. So I tried to make a better painting even though I had already made one. This time I'm much more pleased of the final outcome, maybe the previous time I wasn't much in the mood or simply wasn't the right time to paint it.
It has been a very instructive artwork for I applied a little of many new techniques I'm working on lately and solved some other problems in the making.
And a very good exercise for perspective too.

I still miss you very much brother!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Urbino

Today I share my latest watercolor painting, completed just now showing Urbino city, an amazing  city of the Renaissance I visited few months ago.
I used very soft colors and a little of the new technique I wrote of one or two posts ago: it is an interesting way to paint and I'm trying to match it with my watercolor path like, for example, bright colors and textures instead of monochromatic and plain paintings, so maybe in substitution of a neutral bistro I can use different hues of colors which give the eye the idea of the shadows in the painting.
I'm quite pleased on the trees and bushes too.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Watercolor Exercise

This post is about a new watercolor painting where I used the same technique of the tree I wrote previously and add gradually more and more layer of much watered colors till this final outcome. The most important points are those bright white spots which give some character to the painting. The subject chosen is a marble seat cemented to a brick wall.

A New Technique

Today I share a new way to paint trees and bushes. The first thing is a to sketch the subject with shadows pretty well detailed. Then leave unpainted the bright branches and leaves. Later paint in light bistro the leaves not so bright and add more thicker and thicker bistro until every branch is done.  At a later stage paint with light green and darken more and more until every branch is done. In the end use a dark thick bistro maybe a bluish or violet one for the darkest spots. It is like painting in black and white first and only later adding some color.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Gods' Pool

Today I share my watercolor painting inspired by a Japanese fable about a goddess bathing in a lake who gets her celestial clothes stolen and can't return to the gods' domain.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Killarney National Park

Today I felt the need to exercise my watercolor painting techniques on a picture I shot not so long ago in Ireland. The location was enchanting so much that I couldn't leave without some tens of photographs.
The targets of this exercise were:

  1. soft colors;
  2. tree and bushes;
  3. expansive use of several color tones.
The first is because I'd like to get better in soft painting style, the second is because I feel them so hard to paint, the third needs much more explanation. Lately I have been realizing that more than painting perfect copies of what I want to show is much better a suggestion so that the eye can see a lot more. Furthermore a wide range of colors makes the objects less flat and more interesting to look at... It is like adding much more details to a painted object. I learnt this noteworthy teachings studying over the artworks of several amazing watercolorists I follow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Recovering a Sheet

This Sunday I used a watercolor sheet to show a friend a little of the magic of watercolor painting. It came out two huge spots of paint like these:

Later on I have been thinking at a way to not waste that same sheet and it turn out to be a wonderful exercise for imagination... like when someone makes a random stroke on a sheet and you try to complete and build some kind of subject that you think fits well.
The final scene is the following one: